A defamation case has been filed against three including former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League's (BCL) Chittagong city unit, Nurul Azim Rony, and the news editor of local daily Dainik Azadi yesterday.
Tanjirul Haque Chowdhury, a member of BCL's city unit, lodged the case with the court of Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Mehnaj Rahman. The other accused is Azmir Hossen alias Azmir Shah, 28, a BCL activist.
After lodging the case, the court directed officer-in-charge (OC) Bakalia Police Station to investigate it and asked to submit the report by June 21, said Tanjirul's lawyer Advocate Amena Begum.
According to the case statement, a team of DB led by Assistant Commissioner (AC) SM Mobassher Hossain detained Tanjirul along with Md Sharif and Md Abu Tayeb on February 15 in connection with a case filed under section 57 of ICT Act from city's Charchaktai area.
Later DB released Sharif and Abu after verifying their details, said the statements.
On February 16, Dainik Azadi ran a news on its back page with the headline “BCL leader among three held” stating that “witnesses said yaba pills were seized during the arrest of the trio including the BCL leader”.
Azmir and Rony circulated the news from their respective Facebook accounts, giving their own views.
The complainant's lawyer Amena Begum said DB men did not seize any yaba from his possession but the newspaper and Facebook statuses of the two BCL men tarnished the image of Tanjirul Haque.
However, after filing the case, Nurul Azim Rony wrote on his Facebook that he shared the news on social media as such kind of BCL men tarnished the image of Chhatra League.
“And the so called BCL man filed the defamation case against me after coming out of jail,” wrote Rony.